Comfort? To what extent?
He who is content with what has been done is an obstacle in the path of progress. — Helen Keller
Wake up at 6:30 in the morning. Get coffee from your local Dunkin. Drive to work. Make sure your boss is still your friend. Come home. Take a nap. Wake up and watch some TV. Finally go to sleep. But as you sleep you realize that this monotonous schedule is not for you. You are bored and have dreams that you want to reach.
That sounds alright. I mean…you’re getting everything you need, money, sleep and lots of entertainment. Or maybe it doesn’t sound very fun. Let’s look at a different scenario.
At age 18 you and your best friend decide you want to become entrepreneurs. Both being very new to the field and very inexperienced are ready to work you a** off. After countless nights of working and grinding on your product you finally get some recognition. 2 years later you are pulling in 1 million dollars a month. Life seems awesome. You love what you have done. You are finally satisfied. You realize that finally you can rest.
Now that you have read both senators, you might have formed some opinions about both. The person in the second scenario seems like someone you want to be. Guess what… your right but also wrong.
There is a key difference between the two people. Person one has an urge and reflects that he can do more. THIS IS IMPORTANT. Whereas person two is much more relaxed and thinks he is finally at rest.
This is an example of complacency. Being satisfied with where you are. You do NOT want this.
Lets go back into time…
Imagine you are the first person to discover fire. WOAH!!!! You can feel its warmth and know the perfect use for it. During the cold months (winter wasn’t a word yet) maybe we could have this in our homes. You love the idea. You are celebrated in you town and are showered with lots of fresh raw rabbit and raw veggies that are perfectly hard.
It is really easy to be complanent at this time. You are getting showered with love and “yummy” food. You can live in comfort.
But will you continue to eat those raw meat…ew. The reason why you are eating a yummy steak right now flavored with garlic and butter is because our ancestor choose NOT TO BE complacent!
We have to realize that complacency is dangerous. If everyone during that time was complacent, we would still probably be eating raw rabbit meat.
“I like where I am and have achieved what I wanted.”
Congratulations on hitting your goals! But believe me, if everyone said this, we would not get anywhere.
It is very easy for us just to accept the things around us. But we must lose this habit.
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” — Martin Luther King Jr.
Take for example MLK jr. He was one of the most influential people of our history. Many people during this time could have chosen to accept the way that things were, but Dr.King, choosing to be bothered allowed for the lives for millions to change for the better. IMAGINE if Dr.King had been complacent. He CHOOSE to take action.
The tragedy of life is often not in our failure, but rather in our complacency; not in our doing too much, but rather in our doing too little; not in our living above our ability, but rather in our living below our capacities.
— Benjamin E. Mays
How do I become more complacent in my life?
We first of all you need to realize that this is YOUR own life. You must relfect on your life. You also need to realize that you have to set goals. But after you reach these goals it is important to make new goals. If you reach these goals and end up stopping, then you might find your self in the state of complacency.
When you start saying “I’ve reached my goals.” or “my life is just fine the way it is” , please take a step back.
A lion does not stop because he catches his prey one day. He know that tomorrow is not guaranteed and know that “resting” will be his end.
I have decided to avoid this comfort I feel. It is important to be thankful, but this is different that feeling camplacent. I will start to question things and focus on making change for the better.
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